|Title of host publication||Oxford Dictionary of National Biography|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Publication status||Published - Sep 2016|
The grandfather of Allan Glaisyer Minns (1858-1930) had emigrated from Britain to the Caribbean where he became a planter and owner of enslaved people, with whom he had children, including Minns’ father. Born in the Bahamas, Minns followed his brother to London, studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital and set up in medical practice in Thetford, Norfolk. In 1904 he became mayor of Thetford, the first known black mayor of an English town.